(Substantially revised March 2022).
“Every time you post something online, you have a choice. You can either make it something that adds to the happiness levels in the world—or you can make it something that takes away.“
Introducing The Revamped Fifty Plus Nomad Blog: Ultimate Online Destination for Long-Term Travelers and Expats Over 50
History of Fifty Plus Nomad
In 2004, I decided to make traveling and living abroad the primary focus of my life. I searched for valuable resources to help me. While I found lots of excellent sources, all were either:
- Targeted to people younger or older or either richer or poorer than me.
- Dedicated to a tiny topic (like volunteering abroad or travel-related language tapes).
I felt like one or two places must answer my needs. I never found that elusive place.
So, I developed a business called the Big Blue Marble Seminars. Big Blue Marble Seminars featured courses and materials that put everything I had learned. After delivering these courses to over 5000 students throughout the US, I knew that many other people had the same questions and concerns.
Even armed with all the resources and knowledge from these courses, I learn something new daily as a Fifty Plus Nomad. I still make mistakes and have yet to find one website that addresses my needs and my fellow Fifty Plus Nomads.
Therefore, I have developed a Fifty-Plus Nomad business to fill this need. Over time, I intend to use this blog to help Fifty Plus Nomads by:
- Discussing a plethora of topics relevant to the Fifty-Plus Nomad community. (Some of which will be controversial).
- Disseminating a lot of hard-to-find, practical, and inspirational tips and advice.
- Using examples from my sixteen years of experience traveling and living abroad to help others learn from my successes and mistakes.
- Developing an active community of Fifty-Plus Nomads who can help each other achieve their dreams.
- Providing extensive, personal information about living and traveling in my favorite country, Mexico.
I also provide long-term, round-the-world travel and living in Mexico seminars and Spanish and English classes at my home in Merida, Mexico online. The Spanish courses use my exclusive polyglot method to help students over 50 who haven’t succeeded in other classes.
New Fifty Plus Nomad Blog Redesign
In April 2021, I invested in my website’s major redo and changed it into a blog. Before the website featured online classes, Fifty Plus Nomad was a more consumer-friendly, professionally-looking, and comprehensive blog.
I am proud of the brand-new blog. It represents my best efforts to provide a one-stop place for people over 50 to find everything they need to make their dreams of traveling long-term and living abroad come true. However, I know it is not perfect, and I welcome your comments, suggestions, and corrections.
I seek collaborations to help provide even more services to the Fifty Plus Nomad community and enable fellow travel bloggers, language teachers, and other businesses to market our services better. Please let me know if you’d like to discuss collaborating further.
Fifty Plus Nomad’s Inspiration: Nomadic Matt, the Best Long-Term Travel Blog
Nomadic Matt is my inspiration for this blog. His audience is younger and full of budget travelers and backpackers. However, I like the way he writes and approaches his business. I hope to develop as much helpful information as Nomadic Matt over time.
Why Fifty Plus Nomad’s New Look: Striving to Be the World’s Best Long-Term Travel and Living Abroad Over 50 Blog
In the summer of 2020, I noticed something odd happening on this website. Google Analytics tracking data reported that more than 95% of the traffic to the website looked at just one of my blog posts: The Pros and Cons of Living in Merida.
I also started regularly receiving specific logistical-related questions (i.e., real estate, etc.) about living in Merida.
All the hard work I put into the rest of the website did not generate much interest. It was good to know that people read the one post, but I never intended to run an entirely Merida-oriented website. However, in June 2022, I decided to concentrate on living and traveling in Mexico because I don’t have money to travel and am happily living in Mexico.
Thankfully, plenty of Facebook groups are better suited to answer questions about living in Merida, including MID City Beat, Expats and Snowbirds in Merida, Yucatan, Mexico, Merida, Mexico Expat Community Mexpats Merida, and Expats in the Yucatan.
How Is Fifty Plus Nomad Different from All the Other Blogs?
The following is a list of reasons that my blog and seminars (and hopefully my future podcast and YouTube channel) are (or will be) better than anything else available:
- Most of the best available resources do not address extended travel or living abroad. Yet, many Fifty Plus Nomads divide their time between extended travel and living in one or more countries. I am a big advocate for this lifestyle. My blog and Facebook pages feature stories of real-life people who combine extended travel and living abroad. I also provide helpful advice on how you can also mix long-term travel with living abroad.
- I have seen only a few other websites geared toward long-term, round-the-world travelers over 50 who travel for months at a time. Most of the best resources for long-term travel only address the needs of young travelers. Most sites for fifty-plus travelers are geared toward jet setters with unlimited budgets or backpackers traveling on $50 a day or less (and many are only thinly veiled ads, too).
- Many bloggers exist today primarily to receive freebies from travel companies. I have paid for and participated in all the experiences detailed in this course independently. I pledge only to feature experiences that I pay for myself.
- Most other resources assume that there are right and wrong ways to travel. They are designed exclusively for people who visit independently or use just one type of group travel (like tours and cruises). The best way to travel for me is to combine various experiences.
- The blog explores alternative group travel experiences not detailed much elsewhere. I am a massive fan of volunteer and learning experiences. I have spent three years volunteering and learning abroad and believe fervently that these experiences are the best ways to discover life in another corner of the world.
- I have been traveling globally and living abroad for much of my life since I was 13. (Including eight years of traveling to 85 countries worldwide (including my home country, the USA) and eight years living abroad).
A Final Note
While I taught Big Blue Marble seminars, many students asked tough but intelligent questions and talked about their life experiences and research. Their feedback and questions played a significant role in developing my courses and publications.
I hope the same thing can happen now. Would you please help me make these materials even more helpful by submitting your questions and comments to my blog and participating in my Facebook group?